The Delhi gang rape case being heard by a fast-track court on Wednesday witnessed two of the accused opting to change their counsel.
Two of the five adult accused, Mukesh and Akshay Sharma — who allegedly gang-raped a 23-year-old girl in a moving bus on December 16 last year — have replaced VK Anand with ML Sharma to represent them in the case.
Sharma was confirmed as their counsel by Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna, who is conducting the proceedings behind closed doors.
He said the judge appointed him as the counsel after consulting the two accused and Mukesh’s parents.
Sharma said he had met Mukesh at Tihar Jail on Tuesday and discussed the case with him after the latter’s parents approached him.
The advocate stated that when he was at Tihar, Akshay also requested him to be his counsel. Earlier, Akshay was being represented by advocate AP Singh, who will now appear for Vinay Sharma only.
Accused Pawan Gupta will continue to be represented by advocate Vivek Sharma.
ML Sharma was initially appointed by Ram Singh, who died at Tihar Jail on March 11, as his defence counsel. He was later replaced by VK Anand.
Anand, who was removed as Mukesh’s counsel, alleged “police officials pressured Mukesh to change his lawyer.”